I read a lot of books. Always have. It's what I do and I think what spurred me on to write. I always tried to figure out what the writer did that grabbed my attention and tried to simulate it. On one level, my method worked.
Then I found I needed to go to the next level. Put more of myself into my writing. Find what makes my writing my own style. In some ways, I'm still working on that.
What I haven't done is learn all the technical aspects of writing. My eyes glaze over when I read about scene structure and plot development. I tell myself I will never get all that and never be able to write fiction. It reminds me of why I hated selling real estate. My brain isn't wire that way.
Does that make me a bad writer? Does that make me less than? Does that mean I'll never have a book published?
In my defense, I have read quite a few books on writing and have my favorite ones--the ones I can figure out and make immediate sense. The ones that don't cause me to break out in a sweat.
But I'm still unsure about the next step. Am I fighting the inevitable? Will I have to one day read those books and figure this craft out totally?
Sigh . . . in the meantime, I'll continue to write from the heart. The place I know best.
How about you? Are you taking on the unknown in what you do?